GREENOCK footballer Jack Iredale hopes that his promotion success at Cambridge United can help him achieve his Socceroos dream with Australia.

The 25-year-old bounced back from a disappointing end to his time at Carlisle United by hitting the ground running at Abbey Stadium and helping Mark Bonner’s side finish two points behind eventual champions Cheltenham Town to seal their place in League One.

Now Iredale hopes that by playing in a higher division he can grab the attention of Graham Arnold and the Australian footballing federation as he hopes to represent the country he turned out for at youth level.

He exclusively told the Tele: “I’d say that gaining promotion with Cambridge and getting out of League Two is the biggest achievement of my career so far.

“I wasn’t really too sure what I was getting myself into when I signed here, but when I first spoke with the manager he said he wanted me to go in and give 100 per cent.

“Then I saw the kind of people that he was bringing in and the way we started the season I started to ask myself, is this possible?

“Then as the season kind of went on and on we got closer and closer and to seal it on the final day, it’s a special moment that will last with me forever.

“I always knew that I wanted to be playing and it's well documented that I wasn’t getting that opportunity at Carlisle, so to be able to bounce back and play nearly double the games I did last season and to get promoted has given me a massive boost.

“I’d love it if the successes of this season started to get people’s attention back in Australia, it’s been one of my goals to play for the Socceroos.

“I’d played at under-16s and under-17s level and that was a big achievement for me then but to go and play for the first team has always been a dream of mine.

“Having been in a winning team this season is only going to help that and I’m desperate to get myself back into the frame for that and hopefully playing in League One next season can benefit me too.

“I hope it could happen, but there are a lot of good players in my position as well, it’s just about consistency and game time and continuing to perform well.”

The flying full-back, who has netted four times this season, admits he is eager to get started in League One and embark on the next step of his career.

He admitted that the prospect of playing at the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Portsmouth next season is a dream come true.

He said: “I can't wait for League One, there are some massive teams in there already with some more dropping down.

“Going to places like Fratton Park and Hillsborough to play Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday will be special and I’ll need to follow up on what I’ve done this season so that we can have the best chance of establishing ourselves in the league.

“We just need to wait to see what happens but it’ll be a massive challenge for us and one that will be a brilliant experience for me."